Q.Does Cocoa Butter Help Stretch Marks?
Yes, cocoa butter helps clear stretch marks, scars and even blemishes. Its rich antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well as a myriad of vitamins that come along with it means that shea butter offers natural, side effect free remedies. You can therefore use cocoa butter to clear stretch marks without worrying about side effects.
The science behind how cocoa butter clears stretch marks is simple. It is rich in fatty acids that can keep your skin ultra-hydrated and well-nourished for a long time. Shea butter also contains vitamins A, F and E which play extremely vital roles when it comes to making your skin soft, tender and stretch mark free. Vitamins A and E can replace damaged collagen and elasticin fibers which are the two main causes of stretch marks. Both vitamins have also been proven by dermatologists to have anti-inflammatory properties that are good for your skin.
Retinoids which are usually prescribed for several skin conditions is a special form of vitamin A. Your skin needs it for cell repair and growth. Retinoids can also prevent scaly and dry skin. Thankfully though, cocoa butter is rich in vitamin A as already explained. You therefore don’t have to worry about where you will get retinoids. Simply use cocoa butter as recommended by your healthcare provider or as directed on your shea butter product packaging.
Lastly, stick to raw, unrefined shea butter. The more shea butter is subjected to processing the more it becomes ‘weak’. Remember to also store your shea butter well and avoid mixing it with other skin or hair care products.